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NBA suspends Ellis, Bullock for five games

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By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

The NBA has announced suspensions for Indiana Pacers guard Monta Ellis and Detroit Pistons swingman Reggie Bullock. Both players have violated the league’s anti-drug policy.

The two players will miss the first five games of the 2017-18 season. The NBA said the players will not be paid during their suspensions.

Monta Ellis (Getty Images)

Monta Ellis (Getty Images)

According to USA Today Sports’ Sam Amico, it’s believed that these two were suspended for a positive test for marijuana.

The Pistons have not released a statement on Bullock’s suspension. However, the Pacers stated that “Ellis’ suspension is a very serious matter for the franchise and it will be dealt with accordingly.”

Ellis, who has played the last two seasons with the Pacers, averaged 8.5 points, 2.8 rebounds, 3.2 assists, 1.1 steals and 0.4 blocks in 27 minutes per game. He played in 74 games in 2016-17 with 33 starts.

He started all 81 games with the Pacers during the 2015-16 season.

Bullock, like Ellis, has bounced around with multiple teams, averaged 4.5 points, 2.1 rebounds, 0.9 assists and 0.6 steals in 31 games last season, including five starts.

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